Review of “Postformal Education” in ‘Policy Futures in Education’

Postformal Education: A Philosophy for Complex Futures by Jennifer M. Gidley (Springer, 2016)

BOOK REVIEW by Daniella J. Forster, University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia

in “Policy Futures in Education” (2017) June.

BRIEF EXTRACT:

Few books offer such a broad scope of transdisciplinary scholarship, nor attempt to defend an education which takes aim at ‘planet-sized’ problems. Postformal Education: A Philosophy for Complex Futures is such a book.

Jennifer M Gidley creates a tapestry for ‘radical change’ in education… drawing conceptual bridges across traditional disciplinary boundaries to demonstrate how highly creative pedagogies can emerge…

The book is propelled by an urgent and passionate need to address the problem of human meaning-making and thinking that Gidley sees as underlying the large-scale issues facing humanity in environmental, psychological, socio-cultural and politico-economic terms…

Gidley’s book is an important provocation; a demonstration of the flourishing pluralism in alternative education, and a calculated disruption on behalf of young people so they ‘can be better equipped for complex futures’ (p. 91).

Finally, this text represents a timely wake up call for universities and university scholars to consider what these orthodox institutions could learn from risking engagement with the peripheries.”

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